We have sock yarn!

I rushed through spinning the wool and silk batts for sock yarn, but before I could take a few snaps to share, we went through this really dark period where SE Minnesota had absolutely NO DIRECT SUNLIGHT for several weeks. The perpetual darkness was kind of awful, actually – I think I heard on the radio that it was some kind of weather record for the area.

But today! Today I woke up to blue skies! I’m here, unwashed and uncombed, to take photos before this fleeting good weather vanishes. 🙂 Aren’t you glad the internets don’t carry smellovision?

I present to you the first prototype of my “perfect” sock yarn!

Sock yarn

Technical notes –

The yarn was spun using mostly short-draw style (worsted spinning). The batts had been prepared to maintain the parallel prep as much as possible (I was applying fiber directly to the large drum), and I used my forward hand to smooth down the single as it drafted to lock the fibers in place. This technique makes an exceedingly smooth and shiny yarn. I could see where the blending was not too thorough – I believe the photo shows where there are shiny paler parts (silk) and darker fuzzy parts (wool). But overall, I think the yarn will still wear pretty well.

I was aiming for standard sock yarn weight. I used a strand of Meilenweit sock yarn as an example, the same stuff I used for Annalisa’s socks. I sampled to make a 2-ply yarn that would have approximately the same final grist, and I spun mostly to the standard for the entire lot. The final outcome: Meilenweit sock yarn – 100 g, 430 yards; Twosheep sock yarn – 110 g, 424 yards. Hey, that’s not bad! Most handspun is usually much denser than millspun, and while I did come out a little shorter for greater weight, the difference is pretty small. (I’m rather chuffed about it!) Goofing around with calculations – this is nearly a half mile of singles. Cool.

One more look:

23 thoughts on “We have sock yarn!

  1. Whoa, I just clicked on your sales and you are selling it? And it is named Wendy? (There are too many wendys in knitting for me to think it is me Wendy, but still) Must resist…must resist…you make such great yarns, you make it very hard to resist, but I’ve got to at least give lipservice to my stashbusting resolution for a little longer…

  2. That’s a breathtaking color and I’m not one for the orange/corals. You’re spinning what I’m working toward: sockweight. I’m almost there. Also use a worsted draw and I find that suits my needs most of the time.

    Beautiful job!

  3. Beautiful yarn! And I’m with you on the awfulness of perpetual darkness. Even though we are in Seattle–the land of rain–we have set some kind of record for the amount of rainy (and dark, gray) days in a row. Perky yarn does make one feel better though! 🙂

  4. i know how you feel – my parents live in eagle bend (between sauk center & alexandria) and there was absolutely no sunshine for the entire 12 days i was home!

    oh and p.s. the yarn is quite lovely!

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